US Senator Ben Ray Luján
US SENATE News:
NAMBE – U.S. Senator Ben Ray Luján (DN.M.) released the following statement on the announcement that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will waive cost-sharing program requirements for agricultural producers and landowners New Mexico lands impacted by Hermit’s Peak / Calf Canyon Fire:
“Throughout their fault, the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon fire has devastated thousands of New Mexicans and destroyed more than 340,000 acres of our cherished lands and forests. Our farmers and ranchers, our business owners and our families deserve relief to recover,” Luján said. “I was proud to introduce the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire Assistance Act to help New Mexicans begin to rebuild, and am grateful for the support of the New Mexico Congressional Delegation to push through the finish line to this legislation and enact it. law. ”
“Today’s announcement from the USDA, made possible by my legislation, is good news for growers and landowners in New Mexico. New Mexicans who are approved for cost-share assistance won’t have to worry about footing the bill for a fire started by the federal government. It is a step in the right direction,” continued Luján. “New Mexicans work every day to rebuild their lives after this disaster, and I will continue to fight to ensure that our state receives all the relief the federal government owes us.
Senator Luján and New Mexico Congressional Democrats successfully included Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire Assistance Act and $2.5 billion for FEMA to establish and implement project requirements of law in the continuing resolution, which was signed into law on September 30. legislation introduced by Senators Luján and Heinrich, the law also included a provision to waive the cost-sharing requirement for all USDA-administered programs.
Made possible by the permanent resolution, the USDA will offer 100% cost sharing through the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP), Emergency Conservation program (ECP), and Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP). This means that producers using the EQIP, ECP and EFRP will not have to use their own individual matching funds.
Producers interested in EQIP, ECP and EFRP should contact theirlocal USDA service centerapply for cost-shared assistance.
Additional USDA Disaster Assistance information is available at farmers.govincluding the Wildfire Recovery Web page Disaster Assistance Discovery Tool, Disaster Fact Sheet at a Glance and Agricultural Loan Discovery Tool. For the FSA and NRCS programs, producers should contact their USDA Service Center. For assistance with a crop insurance claim, producers and landowners should contact their crop insurance agent.